Anxiety among middle school and high school students has been rising rapidly in recent years. In fact, anxiety disorders are now the most common mental illnesses among students, affecting about 25 percent of all teens—and these are just the reported cases. That’s why this week, we sit down with Licensed Professional Counselor, Kayla Lin, along with Sara Shelton and Marquise Cox, to talk about why student anxiety is on the rise and what we can do as youth leaders to walk with and support students struggling with anxiety right now.
- What today’s statistics say about anxiety among students (1:21)
- What anxiety is and how it’s different from stress (3:05)
- What today’s podcast guests have seen among their students in terms of anxiety trends (6:09)
- What causes student anxiety (8:57)
- Why saying “Just get over it” diminishes a student’s experience (12:22)
- The difference between anxiety and depression (15:21)
- Why anxiety is increasing among students (17:19)
- The difference between a phase and a pattern with anxiety (19:45)
- How students cope with anxiety (20:28)
- How to tell the difference between a phase versus a deep response to anxiety (25:52)
- What responsibilities leaders have to address student anxiety issues (29:11)
- What a win looks like when leading students with anxiety (35:12)
- Resources available for leaders and parents (39:55)
QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE
Anxiety tells us the constant lie that what is right now is not good enough. —Kayla Lin Click To TweetStress has a way of moving you forward. Anxiety is circular—it never really takes you anywhere. —Sara Shelton Click To TweetAs leaders, we have to be really careful with our words when students are vulnerable with us. In that moment, we have a lot of influence over the next step a student takes to cope and get help. —Sara Shelton Click To TweetAs ministry leaders, our goal is to create a place where students are okay with being real. —Marquise Cox Click To Tweet
RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE
Website: National Alliance on Mental Illness
Website: Georgia Crisis and Access Line
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VOICES IN THIS EPISODE
Marquise serves as a host, speaker, and groups director for North Point Ministries in Atlanta, and is a regular contributor to Orange’s XP3 High School curriculum. Marquise’s primary goal as he travels around the country speaking to the next generation is to help every student find their identity in Jesus. His personal life mantra is that “Jesus changes everything!” When Marquise isn’t on the road speaking, he’s doing life with his bride Krystal, hanging with high school students, or binge-watching his favorite shows on Netflix.
Sara Shelton is a writer and communicator who has been serving in student and small group ministry since 2006. She serves as both a writer and editor for the XP3 Middle and High School teams. Sara is passionate about helping girls find freedom and identity in Jesus and equipping other leaders to help their students do the same. (And brunch . . . she’s also really passionate about brunch.) In her free time, you can find Sara at the movies, spending time with friends, or trying to cross the next travel adventure off her bucket list.
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